CCG Project: 1987 Renault GTA convertible

For those of you who haven’t read my earlier post on the Renault Encore I had many years ago, I’ve always had a soft spot for the products conceived by the unholy alliance (pun not intended) of AMC and Renault. The one I always wanted, though, was the one-year-only GTA; Renault’s brief attempt at a competitor to the VW GTI, exclusive to the U.S. Since they were only sold for one year before Renault washed their hands of the American market, they’re pretty uncommon, and I never thought I’d actually find one…until I did.


Although a coupe would be my preference, all else equal, this GTA convertible was just too good of a deal to pass up; it’s also the beginning of convertible season, so I’m willing to compromise my tastes a little. An extremely well-maintained car that has never seen a winter or road salt, I purchased it for $900 from the family that bought it new. While it’s in fantastic shape for the year, its main issue is that it was parked six years ago when the original owner passed away and hasn’t been driven since. Lucky it was treated to some rather extensive maintenance immediately before it was parked, and the lack of rust is a massive boon, so it really shouldn’t take too much effort to get it back up to snuff. The first order of business will be a new timing belt, tensioner and idler, as I have very little interest in smashing the pistons into the valves, after which it will get all new fluids and a tune-up before I try to fire it up for the first time. Stay tuned for more…


One thought on “CCG Project: 1987 Renault GTA convertible

  1. Looks in pretty good nick, save for the top. Of course, since that will be down most of the time, as long as it stops the rain getting in when needed you should be fine.

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